Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful


Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

A place to share the words of others (or your own!) which have been impactful in your life, whether they're serious, poignant, humorous, or just something worth noting.

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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I've been an atheist and probably a good deal longer.  My admiration for those who enjoy reputations as wordsmiths extends even further back, whether we're talking about John F. Kennedy's assertion: "We choose to go to the moon," George Santayana's warning: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it," or James T. Kirk's deft observation when faced with the dauntingly huge First Federation ship: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... poker!"

The realm of atheist activism has had its own share of verbal craftsmen and women, from Madalyn Murray O'Hair's: "An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church." to Aron Ra's succinct: "If you can't show it, you don't know it."

Regardless of the topic, these are words which are capable of fomenting inspiration, reflection, and sometimes even action.  They can educate and illuminate the human condition and allow us to better know ourselves.  That said, here is an open invitation to share those words which have been particularly meaningful or impactful or timely or just special to you for one reason or another.

Let's share those words and have fun!

One bit of clerical business: please hold your quotes in the comment area below to 20 lines or 200 words.  One comment should not so dominate the Home page of this group that no other comment is visible.  That way, the briefer comments and quotes of all participants are more likely to be seen, read, and appreciated.  If you have a long quote or commentary, create a post, please.

Discussion Forum


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14. 2 Replies

The word “Permaculture” is the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture.” It is a method of agricultural philosophy that allows gardeners to create and sustain growing food in a way…Continue

Tags: production, shelter, food, permaculture, Mollison

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 10. 5 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

Will McAvoy's Rant: "America Is NOT the World's Greatest Country"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 3 Replies

Aaron Sorkin has a habit of swinging for the fences when he writes political commentary as entertainment for television.  This was first evinced in the network television series, The West Wing, and…Continue

Tags: The Newsroom, Will McAvoy, Aaron Sorkin

Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 1, 2018 at 4:39pm

"we want the data that we operate with To Conform With Reality ... because if it doesn't, how can it be of any practical use?"

Reality involves the factors with which we must deal; to do otherwise is to use ego defense mechanisms that protect our egos and does nothing to solve the problem, whatever it is. 

Let's get real, folks!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 1, 2018 at 2:23pm

I can't claim to know enough to say who's right, but the point of Hanlon's article in WAPO is that your take on postmodernism is wrong; it's not a doctrine pushed by leftist academics, it's a diagnosis.

Postmodernism didn’t cause Trump. It explains him.

Comment by Patricia on September 1, 2018 at 2:03pm

I'll help build the pier.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 1, 2018 at 1:15pm

I'm not especially well disposed to either Trump and his cronies OR the postmodernists, as neither have much respect for truth when it fails to serve their respective agendas.  They all can take a long walk off a short pier, for all of me.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 1, 2018 at 1:04pm
". . . it’s clear that the real enemy of truth is not postmodernism but propaganda, the active distortion of truth for political purposes. Trumpism practices this form of distortion on a daily basis. The postmodernist theorists we vilify did not cause this; they’ve actually given us a framework to understand precisely how falsehood can masquerade as truth."

~Aaron Hanlon
Comment by Grinning Cat on September 1, 2018 at 9:59am

Followup to my and Loren's quotes:

Just in, Trump predicts the Earth will stop rotating if he is impeached [picture of the Earth seen from space] Supporters are left dazed and confused, as they believed it to be flat

Comment by Loren Miller on September 1, 2018 at 7:03am

Our civil rights have no dependence upon our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Problem is, there are too many believers out there who either don't don't know anything about geometry or physics or are UTTERLY WRONG about what they think they know.

Comment by Patricia on August 31, 2018 at 5:43pm


Comment by Grinning Cat on August 31, 2018 at 3:48pm

Venturing into politics:

Every time I see the headline "Trump Explodes", I'm filled with such hope. Sadly, the sentence always continues.

--Richard Marr-Griffin

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 31, 2018 at 7:11am

r'Amen, Loren.


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